Africa

The Stakes are High

Maureen, a maternal health advocate in Uganda, lost her young cousin under tragic, but entirely preventable circumstances. The young woman learned that she was pregnant when she was a first year in university…

Piercing Review of Kenya’s Reproductive Health Services

In May 2013, the Committee against Torture conducted its periodic review of the human rights situation in Kenya, assessing the country's compliance with the United Nations Convention against Torture…

UN Committee Issues Recommendations to Rwanda

In March 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted its first-ever shadow letter on Rwanda to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ( UNCESCR) to draw attention to serious reproductive rights violations in the country. …

The Scars of Torture

After a woman suffers painful and terrifying complications during the last hours of childbirth, the worst is usually over for her. …

Stopping All Violence

Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crimes against women…

Christian Science Monitor: Campaign against female genital mutilation gaining ground support, results

"In many parts of the Kween District of eastern Uganda, women are divided into two distinct categories 'There are the uncircumcised and the circumcised.'

That division is not merely physical, but has social and economic consequences as well.

Zambia Accepts Several Universal Periodic Review Recommendations Sourced to Input from the Center for Reproductive Rights

In November 2012, the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review Working Group  released its recommendations on Zambia…

Concluding Observations on Tanzania Recommend a Number of Reforms

In August, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) regarding sexual and reproductive rights in Tanzania…

Concluding Observations and Shadow Letter on Tanzania, 2012

In August, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) regarding sexual and reproductive rights in Tanzania…

CRR Case on Unlawful Detention of Women in Maternity Hospitals in the High Court of Kenya

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a case before the High Court of Kenya on behalf of two women who were illegally detained in Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi for their inability to provide full payment for maternal health services they received.

Our Work in Focus

Reproductive and sexual rights, which are guaranteed in international and regional human rights treaties, mean nothing if they are not recognized and enforced by national-level courts…
On September 17, 2015, the High Court of Kenya issued a groundbreaking judgment in the case of Millicent Awuor (Maimuna) & Margaret Anyoso Oliele v. Attorney General and others, Constitutional Petition No. 562 of 2012…